Man Utd legend Neville: Valencia deserves No7

Manchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted for Antonio Valencia after being awarded the No7 shirt. Valencia takes the number vacated by Michael Owen.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted for Antonio Valencia after being awarded the No7 shirt.

Valencia takes the number vacated by Michael Owen.

"He’s been a fantastic signing for United and thoroughly deserves that no.7 shirt," former skipper Neville told ManUtd.com.

"Having played with him for a year or two, I can tell you he’s a brilliant footballer, especially to play behind as a right-back. He does the right things at the right time, he works back to help out when you don’t have the ball, he delivers good crosses and he can beat a man.

"He’s a real handful to play against and I was really pleased to see him score a few more goals last season. That’s probably the only area of the game in which you’d like to see an improvement.

"He has a wonderful shot and he stays calm under pressure. I’d love to see him chip in with 10 or 15 goals this season - he’s more than capable of doing that."

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